April Conference Discusses Strategic Areas of Russia’s Development
The XVIII April International Academic Conference has kicked off at Higher School of Economics (HSE). This major event includes expert discussions on the strategic problems facing Russia’s economic and social development. Representatives of the Russian Government will take part in the debates.
The expert and roundtable discussions are based on analyses prepared by the Centre of Strategic Studies (CSS). On April 11, Alexei Kudrin, Chairman at CSS, is speaking on the prospects for Russian economic growth. The discussants for his presentation include Anton Siluanov, Russian Minister of Finance, Ksenia Yudaeva, First Deputy Chairman of the Central Bank of Russia, Alexander Shokhin, President of the Russian Union of Industrialists and Entrepreneurs and President of HSE, among others.
On the same day, the conference participants will discuss the problems of technological development (keynote speaker: Vladimir Knyaginin, Vice President at CSS). Other important speakers include Arkady Dvorkovich, Deputy Prime Minister of the Russian Federation, Vassily Osmakov, Deputy Minister of Industry and Trade, and Andrey Fursenko, Assistant to the President of the Russian Federation.
Sergey Sinelnikov-Murylev, Rector of the Russian Foreign Trade Academy, will speak on issues regarding inter-budgetary relations. This discussion will be joined by Leonid Gornin, Deputy Minister of Finance, and Vladimir Lisin, Chairman of the Board of Directors at NLMK Group, as well as representatives of the City of Moscow and the Moscow Regional Government.
The first day of expert discussions will finish with the roundtable discussion ‘The State and Economic Development’ with the participation of Anton Siluanov, Alexei Kudrin, Maxim Oreshkin, Minister of Economic Development, Tatiana Golikova, Head of the Accounts Chamber of the Russian Federation, Yaroslav Kuzminov, HSE Rector, and other experts.
On April 12, discussions will be held with a focus on the problems of Russian education (keynote speaker: Isak Froumin, Academic Supervisor at the HSE Institute of Education), social policy (Lilia Ovcharova, HSE Director for Social Studies, will make a presentation, and Maxim Topilin, Russian Minister of Labour and Social Security, is expected to participate), and health care (Sergey Shishkin, Director of the HSE Centre for Health Policy, is presenting a paper).
On the following day, experts in public administration will get together to discuss a presentation by Maria Shklyaruk, Head of Institutions and Society at CSS. Furthermore, experts in international relations and trade will be discussing Russia’s position in the global economy (a major paper shall be presented by Natalia Ivanova, First Deputy Director at the RAS Institute of World Economy and International Relations).
Online broadcasts of the expert discussions are available at the conference website.
The academic part of the April Conference includes 35 topical sections and 240 discussion sessions in various areas of social studies.
Eurasian Barriers: Obstacles to International Economic Integration in the Post-Soviet Space
The creation of the Customs Union and the Eurasian Economic Union (EAEU) contributed to the development of mutual trade between their member countries. That process picked up pace significantly starting in 2019. Still, it is too early to say that the efforts by EAEU member states to achieve economic integration have been an unqualified success. This problem is the focus of a joint report that a group of experts from Russia (HSE), Kazakhstan, Belarus, Armenia and Kyrgyzstan presented at the XXIII Yasin International Academic Conference organised by HSE University in April.
Representatives of More than 30 Countries Took Part in the XXIII Yasin International Academic Conference
The XXIII Yasin (April) International Academic Conference on Economic and Social Development has come to a close at HSE University. In 2022, more than 3,000 participants took part in the event, including 250 registered foreign representatives—almost 10% more than last year.
‘There Is a Big Question as to What Extent a Human Is Still a Human and a Machine Is Still a Machine’
Will new technologies divide or unite people and society? What mechanisms should be used to balance society’s interests and progress so that innovation does not dehumanize humans? How should interaction between humans and AI be structured? Is all technology good for people? TheXXIII Yasin (April) International Academic Conference of HSE University discusses these questions and more.
‘Uncertainty Transforms the Social Protection System into a Safety Cushion’
As part of the XXIII Yasin (April) International Academic Conference, HSE University held a meeting between HSE scholars and Anton Kotyakov, Minister of Labour and Social Protection of the Russian Federation. The title of the meeting was ‘The Future of Social Security: Trends and Forecasts.’ The experts and the Minister discussed the experience and lessons learned from population support initiatives during the pandemic, social protection efforts to reduce poverty and inequality, measures to counter sanctions, and the situation in the labour market.
Long-awaited Long-term Care
The number of older persons and their life expectancy are on the rise in many countries worldwide. As they age, some people need assistance with daily living activities, something their family is not always capable of providing. This creates a demand for professional long-term care that integrates medical and social services. How Russia can benefit from other countries' experience of providing public long-term care is discussed in a report* presented by the HSE Centre for Social Policy Studies at the XXIII Yasin International Academic Conference on Economic and Social Development hosted by the HSE University.
Justice 'Ex Machina': Using Artificial Intelligence to Fight Corruption
In Mexico, a pilot project applying artificial intelligence (AI) algorithms enabled the Tax Administration Service to detect 1200 tax-evading companies and 3500 fraudulent transactions within three months – a task that would have taken 18 months using conventional methods. Despite some obvious benefits, the use of AI-based solutions to counter corruption also entails several challenges, according to experts of the HSE Laboratory for Anti-Corruption Policy (LAP) and the HSE Faculty of Law who have examined the relevant experience of several countries. A report based on the study’s* findings was presented at the XXIII Yasin (April) International Academic Conference hosted by the Higher School of Economics.
HSE Experts Discuss the Situation in the Country with Presidential Aide Maxim Oreshkin
HSE University academics held a discussion with Maxim Oreshkin, presidential aide and graduate of the HSE University, as part of theXXIII Yasin (April) International Academic Conference. They talked about the current socioeconomic situation and the future of Russia's development. The discussion was moderated by HSE Academic SupervisorYaroslav Kuzminov.
‘Our Task Is to Preserve the Market Segment as Much as Possible’
What risks is the Russian financial system facing today? What is the Central Bank of Russia going to do to mitigate them? Why do we need a high key rate? Has the regulator changed its approach to the building of forex reserves? Will the regulator remain hawkish on cryptocurrencies? Ksenia Yudaeva, First Deputy Governor of the Central Bank of Russia, answered these and other questions during a round table entitled ‘Russia’s Financial Sector under New Global Conditions’. The event was held as part of the XXIII Yasin (April) International Academic Conference.
‘The Northern Sea Route Is an Efficient Transport Communication Channel to Deliver Goods Sold on Trade Platforms’
The Northern Sea Route has a key role to play in developing Russia's export potential in the Asia-Pacific region. As the current situation requires a reorientation of export flows from Europe to Asia, this route is taking on a new significance in the search for effective transport communication with Indian and Chinese markets. An Arctic Research session was held at the XXIII Yasin International Academic Conference.
How to Film Bruce Willis in His Absence: Deepfake Creation and Application
In recent years, advanced technologies for creating deepfake images have made it almost impossible to distinguish them from real photos and videos. Researchers discussed the future development of deepfakes and how to protect yourself from new types of fraud during the round-table discussion ‘Fake News: An Interdisciplinary Approach’ as part of the XXIII Yasin (April) International Academic Conference on Economic and Social Development.